Born in China, British pianist Mengyang Pan studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing before relocating to the UK at age 14. She attended the Purcell School for Young Musicians on a full scholarship, studying under the tutorage of Tessa Nicolson, and subsequently completed her music education at the Royal College of Music, London, mentored by distinguished professors Gordon Fergus-Thompson and Prof. Vanessa Latarche.
Mengyang is the prize winner of prestigious competitions, including the Rina Sala Gallo International Piano Competition, Bromsgrove International Young Musician’s Platform, Dudley International Piano Competition, Norah Sands Award, MBF Educational Award, Chappell Gold Medal, Birmingham International Piano Competition, Ettlingen International Piano Competition and many more.
An accomplished pianist, Mengyang has graced renowned UK stages, including the Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, and St. John’s Smith Square. Her remarkable musical journey extends beyond borders, captivating audiences across continental Europe and her native China.
Appreciated for her delicate touch and tonal shades, critics described her playing as “[…] so fine that time seemed to stand still. Her shading, use of tone colour, and the most brilliantly clear and precise placing of the music in the highest register was a real joy to hear.”
Mengyang has worked with renowned conductors, such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, John Wilson, and Mikk Murdvee. Since 2016, Mengyang has collaborated regularly with conductor Michael Rose and the Bedford Symphony Orchestra, performing many piano concerti. Her latest performance of the Schumann Piano Concerto in February 2023 received the highest acclaim.
In addition to being an active performer, Mengyang is a dedicated educator and is currently a professor of piano at the Royal College of Music and a chamber music coach at the RCM Junior Department. Mengyang regularly serves as an adjudicator for international competitions and gives masterclasses and workshops at music festivals worldwide. Her passion for piano pedagogy has made her more involved with RCM educational modules. In addition, she is the director of pedagogy at the Cheltenham Ladies’ College – The Thinking Pianist summer music programme.